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2012-12-31 08:38:37 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I suspect that most folks that claim to hate kimchi have never actually tasted any.


I've also never eaten a steaming bowl of fermented diarrhea either. Don't need to to know it would taste like shiat, though. The smell is enough warning.
 
2012-12-31 08:39:27 AM  

Into the blue again: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Shadowknight: To this day, I don't think I've smelled anything worse, and I work with dead bodies and sick people leaking a variety of fluids.

Stinky tofu. A good stinky tofu shop smells up at least a block radius, and the name says it all, really.

TTTTHHHHIIIIIIISSSSSSS

CSB:
I went to a hole i the wall restaurant in Shanghai. Smelled pretty bad, but my Chinese pals told me it was good. Charcoal pit in the middle of the dirty table for skewers of meats. Then out came the stinky tofu. OMFG, worst taste ever. I downed my beer and then like 10 'beef' sticks after to try to clear u the taste


Oh god, the stuff that's labeled stinky is gawdawful overfermented stuff. Smells like something died and was left in a hot car for 3 weeks. The "regular" stuff is just lightly fermented and is like Chinese blue cheese. Decent stuff if you have the taste for it, but the ultra fermented stuff is deadly.
 
2012-12-31 08:39:33 AM  
Lived in Korea for awhile, cucumber kimchi is awesome, and kimchi jjigae is always good.

What's really fun though is dodging the piles of kimchi barf while strolling through town on a Sunday morning.
 
2012-12-31 08:40:55 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Shadowknight: I made the mistake of walking into my Korean friend's house when his mom was unsealing a batch one day in high school. To this day, I don't think I've smelled anything worse, and I work with dead bodies and sick people leaking a variety of fluids.

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Truly freaky pic... looks EXACTLY like the kibble-vomit my late cat Vincent used to leave everywhere.
 
2012-12-31 08:41:47 AM  
If you don't know how good kimchi is, you don't know squat.
 
2012-12-31 08:42:36 AM  
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2012-12-31 08:44:26 AM  

Spandau: Into the blue again: 1) Go to Korean restaurant
2) Get a kimchi pancake


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/mmmmmmmmmm

Had one of those last week.  mmmmmmmm is right!

My wife is Korean and I LOVE it!  Nothing better than some white rice and kimchi.  Damn, now I'm hungry.


I had a much longer, but convoluted reply. I re-read it and was ashamed at the disjointed structure, so I will just say this: I first tried Kimchi this past year thanks to a Korean fellow from PA (I live in MA). Yes. Yes it is.
 
2012-12-31 08:47:17 AM  

Wizzbang: Into the blue again: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Shadowknight: To this day, I don't think I've smelled anything worse, and I work with dead bodies and sick people leaking a variety of fluids.

Stinky tofu. A good stinky tofu shop smells up at least a block radius, and the name says it all, really.

TTTTHHHHIIIIIIISSSSSSS

CSB:
I went to a hole i the wall restaurant in Shanghai. Smelled pretty bad, but my Chinese pals told me it was good. Charcoal pit in the middle of the dirty table for skewers of meats. Then out came the stinky tofu. OMFG, worst taste ever. I downed my beer and then like 10 'beef' sticks after to try to clear u the taste

Oh god, the stuff that's labeled stinky is gawdawful overfermented stuff. Smells like something died and was left in a hot car for 3 weeks. The "regular" stuff is just lightly fermented and is like Chinese blue cheese. Decent stuff if you have the taste for it, but the ultra fermented stuff is deadly.


See, I love blue cheese and Gorgonzola and the like. I am not sure I can give stinky tofu any more chances..... IMHO it was that bad.
 
2012-12-31 08:49:18 AM  
Kimchee is awesome and I have been eating it for years. I even made my own once, its easy to make.
 
2012-12-31 08:49:30 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Shadowknight: I made the mistake of walking into my Korean friend's house when his mom was unsealing a batch one day in high school. To this day, I don't think I've smelled anything worse, and I work with dead bodies and sick people leaking a variety of fluid

[www.bookmice.net image 245x215]




Ah, natto. Yes, truly disgusting.

http://www.thesneeze.com/2004/steve-d ont-eat-it-vol-6.php

Sorry, having trouble with the clicky-pops.
 
2012-12-31 08:50:18 AM  
What's not to love about kimchi? It's sauerkraut with heat!
 
2012-12-31 08:54:00 AM  
How similar is kimchi to sauerkraut? I love pork chops cooked in sauerkraut.
 
2012-12-31 08:54:47 AM  
When I was shot down over Korea, I had to eat kimchi.

He was our interpreter.

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2012-12-31 08:54:57 AM  
I like sauerkraut, my grandmother used to make it, and it was damned good... but I've had kimchi that was awful. I choked it down because I was a guest and didn't want to disappoint. I'd never eat it again if I had a choice. Maybe that's too harsh, but my first taste of the stuff was sufficiently wretched I am scared to try it again.

I've had kombucha. It's okay. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. Had a strange tingle on the tongue sensation. I guess it was the carbonation mixed with the various acidic fermentation products. It wasn't unpleasant though.
 
2012-12-31 08:55:20 AM  
My wife makes her own Kimchi. No, she's not Korean, Filipina. She doesn't ferment it though, eats it fresh.
 
2012-12-31 08:56:46 AM  

rev. dave: How similar is kimchi to sauerkraut? I love pork chops cooked in sauerkraut.


Your average mass-available kimchi is napa cabbage based and only lightly fermented. The big difference is the chili flake.
 
2012-12-31 08:57:04 AM  
I've got two pals who served in Worst Korea whilst in the military. They both said the first thing you notice when you get off the plane is the awful stench of cabbage hanging in the air. I wonder what Koreans think of the U.S. when they land here? "My god everybody is fat and it smells like mayonnaise!"?
 
2012-12-31 08:57:19 AM  

Bobhein: If they made kimchi with Brussels sprouts I'd be a happy man indeed...


Huh. Thanks for this.
 
2012-12-31 08:59:35 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: I've said it many times before - I don't like sauerkraut, but I do like kimchi.


Why do you hate white people?
 
2012-12-31 09:01:08 AM  
"Don't you understand, man? You've struck cole slaw!"
 
2012-12-31 09:01:33 AM  
Kimchi fan here. It took several tries and a couple awkward glances around Korean restaurants for me, but I eventually realized kimchi is more of a condiment rather than a side dish. I understand if a few farkers might find ketchup or mustard delicious straight from the bottle, but we also know that these things exist in order to make the main meal even more delicious. Once I understood this about kimchi, I now cannot have a Korean dish without it.

/Bibimbap and kimchi is one of my ultimate comfort foods
 
2012-12-31 09:02:16 AM  
When I heard about this bizarre West Coast fusion of Korean and Mexican food, I thought this was some stupid fad, and that it couldn't possibly last because it's stupid.

I was wrong. Bulgogi tacos are awesome. Kimchi quesadillas are too.

Kimchi quesadilla recipe, if you care/dare
 
2012-12-31 09:02:48 AM  
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2012-12-31 09:06:40 AM  
www.samarthcaterers.com

Bi Bim Bap with a healthy dose of kim chi. That stuff is delicious.
 
2012-12-31 09:08:31 AM  
I LOVE kimchi. Guess I don't get the "sick" tag. It's not like it's Lutefisk or Surströmming.
 
2012-12-31 09:09:48 AM  
TFA is 25 years behind San Francisco on Phô, 20 years behind on Thai, and ten years behind on fermented foods.
 
2012-12-31 09:11:38 AM  
Kimchi, and a few other foods out there in the world, always seem to bring up these 2 questions:
1 - Who was the first person to think that this was a good idea to prepare food this way?
2 - Who was the first person to eat it and convince everyone else that it was actually good?
 
2012-12-31 09:11:54 AM  

caddisfly: [www.samarthcaterers.com image 680x450]

Bi Bim Bap with a healthy dose of kim chi. That stuff is delicious.


I love Korean food. The bonus with Bi Bim Bop is that it looks like something Klingon would eat.
 
2012-12-31 09:16:19 AM  
Brussels sprouts are gross if cooked any other way other than roasting.

Never steam or boil them... they turn pungent and disgusting. I don't know how people manage to choke them down, never mind like them like that.


In a pyrex dish, one layer of sprouts lightly drizzled with oil, and some cracked pepper and sea salt. Put them in the oven at 350 and when they are soft all the way through- they are done. They turn buttery and sweet, with just a hint of a mustard-like bite... and they're so good you want to eat them all right there.

The roasting technique turned them from the most hated vegetable to my current favorite.
 
2012-12-31 09:16:56 AM  
I really did want to like it but I haven't found any yet that I do.
 
2012-12-31 09:20:04 AM  
I first heard of Kimchi about 15 years ago. I read the jar and said, "HAHA, who the hell would eat that crap!"

I guess Kimchi is the new chipotle is the new salsa.

/becausepeopleliketosaysalsaaaa
 
2012-12-31 09:24:14 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I suspect that most folks that claim to hate kimchi have never actually tasted any.


exactly!

because we can't get past the farking stink of it.
 
2012-12-31 09:24:39 AM  

NormallyTechnos: rev. dave: How similar is kimchi to sauerkraut? I love pork chops cooked in sauerkraut.

Your average mass-available kimchi is napa cabbage based and only lightly fermented. The big difference is the chili flake.


My wife uses Bok Choy. She only uses Napa Cabbage if she can't find Bok Choy in the store.
 
2012-12-31 09:24:58 AM  

caddisfly: Bi Bim Bap


I call this bim bim bop, and it's my new favorite dish to eat. OMG, must have this soon or I might perish.
 
2012-12-31 09:25:34 AM  
The problem with saying you like or don't like kimchi is that there's no single recipe for the stuff.
 
2012-12-31 09:27:05 AM  

Ikahoshi: Brussels sprouts are gross if cooked any other way other than roasting.

Never steam or boil them... they turn pungent and disgusting. I don't know how people manage to choke them down, never mind like them like that.


In a pyrex dish, one layer of sprouts lightly drizzled with oil, and some cracked pepper and sea salt. Put them in the oven at 350 and when they are soft all the way through- they are done. They turn buttery and sweet, with just a hint of a mustard-like bite... and they're so good you want to eat them all right there.

The roasting technique turned them from the most hated vegetable to my current favorite.


THIS

I didn't discover this until Christmas 2011. My mom used to boil the brussel sprouts, and they were farking gross. I basically use the above receipe, except we cut them in half first. You can also roast them in a pan as well, similar method.
 
2012-12-31 09:27:31 AM  

caddisfly: [www.samarthcaterers.com image 680x450]

Bi Bim Bap with a healthy dose of kim chi. That stuff is delicious.


Oh dear lord that looks SO good right now!  I love that dish too!  You guys are killing me here this morning.
 
2012-12-31 09:30:33 AM  
Maangchi is the queen of Kim chi. Observe. Link
 
2012-12-31 09:32:54 AM  
Well, now that NPR says it's cool, I'm going to have to stop eating it.
 
2012-12-31 09:34:24 AM  

MaliFinn: The problem with saying you like or don't like kimchi is that there's no single recipe for the stuff.


I love kimchi. I've had some that was so good I was happy to eat it straight from the jar, and others that just lacked that magic and needed to be used as an ingredient.

Chopping it small and adding it to a grilled cheese sandwich is the best.
 
2012-12-31 09:35:33 AM  

Spandau: caddisfly: [www.samarthcaterers.com image 680x450]

Bi Bim Bap with a healthy dose of kim chi. That stuff is delicious.

Oh dear lord that looks SO good right now!  I love that dish too!  You guys are killing me here this morning.


Tell me about it. I've been searching Yelp for a local Korean place that's open at 6:00 a.m.!
 
2012-12-31 09:36:55 AM  
The first time I had kimchi, my Korean mother-in-law just slapped a bunch on a plate, and I took a bite, and I can't really remember the next few days, but there was darkness and pain.

The second time I had kimchi, I was in a Korean restaurant and was given kimchi as a garnish, or condiment, and that made so much more sense. A little bit of it adds a lot, and it's awesome. Like Tabasco sauce, but with horrible fermented evil instead of aged peppers.
 
2012-12-31 09:39:24 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Nothing wrong with a little Korean Sauerkraut.

/Your sauerkraut is now Gangnam style


Being a microbiology teacher and sometimes directly involved in the kimchi-making process, I am surprised the cabbage doesn't get up and do Gangnam style after fermentation!
 
2012-12-31 09:39:54 AM  
It's good on a hot dog with chili and helps clear both your sinuses and your asspipe.

I like the radish kind too. Plenty at the local H mart.
 
2012-12-31 09:45:55 AM  
Not sure why the smell of kimchi is revolting to people (natto, anyone?). I love the stuff, though. Definitely kicks up a bunch of stuff...my favorite is kimchi ramen. If you want disgusting, try some pickled whole squids. Absolutely the grossest Asian food I've ever eaten.
 
2012-12-31 09:45:58 AM  
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2012-12-31 09:46:08 AM  
Shadowknight: "Ah, natto. Yes, truly disgusting."

I'll try anything, but natto is the only stuff that's given me pause. Ate it anyways. It was an excellent laxative.
 
2012-12-31 09:47:47 AM  

John Redcorn: I've got two pals who served in Worst Korea whilst in the military. They both said the first thing you notice when you get off the plane is the awful stench of cabbage hanging in the air. I wonder what Koreans think of the U.S. when they land here? "My god everybody is fat and it smells like mayonnaise!"?


You speak truth, sir. My dad also served in Worst Korea just after the war, and came back abhorring that smell. When he let this fact slip to my 20-year-old brother, he douchebaggedly went down to Little Saigon and bought a huge jar of the stuff and started eating it every day as a pathetic form of passive aggression. I think that's where I got my love for it. I was 9, and would eat my bro's kimchi on the sly as a secondary and even more pathetic form of passive aggression because he was such a dick to me. Boy, that sure showed him.

Yeah, I know. CSB.

I recently bought kimchi in one of those sealed resealable capri-sun-looking bags like they now sell tuna in. I'm interested in seeing if it affects the taste.
 
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2012-12-31 09:48:37 AM  
In small doses, that stuff is delicious. But doing a 10 mile run behind KATUSAs that downed an entire pot of the shiat at chow last night will induce a vomitous delight only known to American GIs. I swear that the smell sloughs off in sweat, and when it does, its worse than before.

© I still sneak a small amount when we go to a buffet that has it, but damn, really, its not an entree.
 
2012-12-31 09:49:08 AM  
Why the Sick tag? Kimchi is really good!

While living in Japan, I'd make キムチなべ (Kimchi Nabe). One of my favorite foods, actually. So good.

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